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Australian luthiers? Any i should be checking out?

paulscape

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I havent been living back home in OZ for a while, what are the renown custom builders i should be looking at? Im interested in unusual but toneful and beautiful australian timbers, that sort of thing.

Any aussies around?
 

Joses

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i'm an aussie living in Singapore :D

its been a few years since i been back, but i do recall Cole Clark being of memorable mention - apparently they did "Taylor"-killing acoustics...and Belmans apparently are "PRS"-killers...unfortunately i've never tried either
 

GuitarGuy510

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You could look into Daniel Memory at Oni Guitars. He does more extended range instruments (7's, 8's, 10's + fanned frets etc.) but I'd love to see him make a 6'er! He's quite talented, one of the best luthiers in Australia IMHO. :AOK
 

Mark Robinson

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O'Donnell builds beautiful set neck double cuts for certain, probably will do other sorts of instruments as well. His detail work and wood selection are very nice.
 

paulscape

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Cool thanks for the reponse. Ormsby and Belman look like great players guitars but are too similar to the PRS coloured maple look. The Belman Hornet does look good though - like a Suhr but with Queensland maple. The Oni guitars are closer to what Im after - with more natural wood finishes and original unusual designs. I'll keep looking but that's a great start! The Oni website is not fully up yet unfortunately so I might try contacting them directly.
 

The Captain

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Redback do natural finishes. I saw John Brewster fronting the Angels recently playing one and his tone was killer.

They have their own style as well, though the range is limited at present
 

gassyndrome

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This is made by Charles Cilia in Sydney. It has a bit too much of a 'porn' top on it for my liking (it wasnt built for me), but its an incredibly good guitar. I had this and a PRS Santana at the same time, and this guitar had so much more tone and dynamics. I also had an Elmwood at that point - great amps!

I really love the look of the Grubisas. Great looking designs, and the one I got to play was just sweet!

 

paulscape

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Violetlove - I will check out redback. Gassy that bottom guitar looks nice - especially with the recessed wood around the bridge - quite unsual. What capping wood is that or is it onve piece. I can even smell the playing field grass in the background...been 2 years since I was back home :(
 

gassyndrome

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Its not mine, but I believe its plain ol' maple over mahogany. The recess around the bridge is striking in real life, and I believe its meant to have some tonal benefits as well :AOK
 

dpm

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You could look into Daniel Memory at Oni Guitars. He does more extended range instruments (7's, 8's, 10's + fanned frets etc.) but I'd love to see him make a 6'er! He's quite talented, one of the best luthiers in Australia IMHO. :AOK
Wow, thanks for the mention! I just stumbled on this thread, more a lurker here than a poster. Email is fine (dan at oniguitars.com), PM's are good too. I'll get that site up some time.

FWIW I've heard good things about Cilia and Ormsby, though I haven't had a chance to see examples of either in the flesh. Mallia seems good too, but I think he might only make basses (is that correct)??
 




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